Maiden win for Torres after spectacular battle with Rea

Sunday, 18 October 2015 16:43 GMT

1st win for Torres, Rea & Sykes join him on podium in Qatar race 1.

The penultimate race of the 2015 WorldSBK season has been won under floodlights by Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) with Jonathan Rea and his KRT team mate Tom Sykes joining him on the podium. Sykes led from the start, before being passed by his Rea and Torres, the Spaniard pulling off an incredible move around the outside of the former champion into turn one at half distance. Interestingly Torres’ maiden win in WorldSBK maintains Aprilia’s 100% record of podium finishes at the Qatari venue. 2015 World Champion Rea gave chase but had to be content with 2nd, his 65th podium, while team mate Sykes finished a lonely 3rd at the flag.

Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati SBK Team) came out on top in the fight for 4th with Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) completing the top 6.

Xavi Fores ( Racing – Ducati SBK Team) converted his maiden front row start into a solid 7th, the Spanish rider finishing the race 3 seconds ahead of compatriot David Salom (Team Pedercini), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing), Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) who completed the top 11 after their own four way fight from start to finish.

The final point scorers were Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Gabor Rizmayer (BMW Team Toth), Christophe Ponsson (Team Pedercini) and Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini SBK Team).

Alex Lowes was riding superbly in 3rd in the first half of the 17 lap encounter until his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki hit problems at turn 1 on lap 8.

There was drama at the start for Leon Camier who suffered a technical problem on the grid after the warm up lap with his MV Agusta Reparto Corse machine, the British rider will hope to make amends in the final race of the season.

Race 2, the final of 2015, will take place later tonight at 2200 local time, again over a distance of 17 laps around the 5.380km Losail International circuit.

All of the action as it happens can be followed as ever via the official championship Twitter feed: @WorldSBK